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I am currently in my fourth year of the PhD program in Linguistics at Stanford University. I am a sociolinguist primarily, with a strong interest in ethnic and world varieties of English. At Stanford, my current faculty research directors are Penny Eckert, Rob Podesva, and Meghan Sumner.

Before coming to Stanford, I received my MA in English Linguistics at North Carolina State University under the primary supervision of Walt Wolfram, as well as Erik Thomas and Robin Dodsworth.

Thus far, my work has focused on ethnic and regional varieties of English in the United States, including African American English, Chicano English, and regional California and North Carolina varieties. At Stanford, I'm happy to be a contributing field worker and researcher in the Voices of California project, concentrating mainly on sociophonetic variation of several regional California dialects. My contribution to this work has been analyses of the status of the California vowel shift across the state, as well as change in the production of sibilants in Redding, California (with special focus on speakers from Redding's LGBT community).

I've just embarked on the journey that is dissertation (!!!). While still at the proposal stages, my plan is to continue the work begun in my "Jocks and Burnouts" project (NWAV 42) and continued in my second qualifying paper. Namely, I outline a theory for how stylization, extreme tokens, and language change go hand in hand, through which I hope to develop a rigorous quantitative methodology to add to the third-wave variationist's toolkit.

In addition to my work at Stanford, I continue to be a contributing researcher for the North Carolina Language and Life Project, where my work includes analysis of morphosyntactic features of African American English from a longitudinal corpus of child language housed at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute as well as sociophonetic analyses of vowels and consonants in African American and Chicano Englishes.

Outside of English, I enjoy investigating the Lithuanian, Russian, and most recently, Kazakh languages. My first qualifying paper provides a syntactic analysis of movement/splitting phenomena in the Lithuanian noun phrase. In Kazakh, I investigated parallels between noun phrase structure and nominalized embedded clauses.


When I'm not working on linguistic matters, I'm most likely to be found spending time with my family. I have a husband and three amazing boys (aged 8, 5, and 1), who are featured in the various photographs on my website. We love activity, which means bike riding, camping, swimming, ice skating, exploring, and traveling whenever we have the chance.


Thanks a lot for visiting my site, and please don't hesitate to send me an email to discuss my research or linguistics in general.